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A man who has lived
Look into this man’s face. He is William Trevor - one of the greatest living short story writers. After reading one of his novels I bought a book of his collected stories. It’s over 1200 pages and I’m still not halfway through. It’s heavy to hold, so it’s no good in bed, but last week I decided to stop reading rubbish stuff that comes through the door and read one of his stories every day.
The situtations and events he describes are often commonplace, but it’s the twist at the end or the revelation of some aspect of character that makes each story so brilliant. Many are set in Ireland, over 50 years ago, but childhood fears or adultery don’t change, so what Trevor has to say is as moving today as it was when this collection was first published in 1992. He brings on stage an astonishing range of characters. One review says “his carefully chiseled, lyrical prose is addictive, his insights acutely compassionate. The tales are haunting and profound.” The Boston Globe says “no writer practicing the form today moves with nimbler assurance across such an impressive gamut of social types and emotional connections.”
Think how long we spend reading catalogues or menus for take-away restaurants. I don’t know how long it takes you to read about 15 pages, but each time you put down this book you’ll feel refreshed.
Click on the cover picture to buy a copy.
Born - May 24, 1928
Happy Birthday Rosie!
Thank you Jill for introducing me to this wonderful woman. I will always be grateful.
Charlie Ruggles, Terror Aboard (1933)
“Music Man” star Shirley Jones in 1961 with her kids, the future pop icons David and Shaun Cassidy. Photo by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine article “The Good Life of a Hollywood Bad Girl.” View full size.
Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur - promo for “You Can’t Take It With You” (1938)
Jimmy Stewart and a kitten